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Hi I'm Joseph

I'm a computer programmer who likes video games, and I am on a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My story, in short, is that I grew up in Utah playing video games and hanging out with my friends, learned how to do computer programming, and then started making games and selling them as I went to school. One year into college I went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Alaska, where I currently am serving. It has been an amazing experience. I've always been interested in video games, and played them from when I was young. They taught me a lot of morals, including determination and doing what's right even when you are the only one out of the crowd who will. Because of what I've learned from them I and how I enjoyed them, I started designing and creating them myself. I suppose many would find the idea of finding morals and good in video games is strange, but I certainly felt I have. I have some pretty crazy friends, all of whom I love. Many of them are currently out on missions right now as well. Many of my friends have some high, good values, which really helped me to choose the right. We've strengthened each other and have become like brothers.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is one that is probably a common one among those of us from Utah. I grew up in the Church, but I never really had a testimony of it. I was never sure if it was true. This feeling grew over time, and it always bothered me. I decided that I was going to use my faith, and go on a mission to serve others anyways, despite being unsure. I was told by several good people that I would be able to find my testimony of it all while I was out. I sure did. In my first area where I was serving, I had become tired of the hard work we were doing, when I was unsure whether the Church was God's church. I felt like a hypocrite, though I was honestly searching and still felt like it was probably true. My good companion told me that what I needed to do was a simple challenge that we often ask people to try, which is to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, which is a set of scriptures that goes along with the Bible that was translated by God for us through Joseph Smith. I had often tried the challenge, but still had never felt quite sure. But that time when my companion challenged me to pray about it with him right there, I was answered by the Holy Ghost. Let me describe that a little. The Spirit, or the Holy Ghost, is also known as the Comforter. It was promised to the disciples by Jesus Christ after he left. When I have felt the Spirit, I have experienced comfort, and a feeling of knowing. I would say at that moment that I felt it was true. I have had many such experiences since. But I think I should warn that for most people, their knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon comes more slowly, and not through one grand experience. If you don't feel you get an answer, keep trying! You will if you will sincerely try your best to look for the answer and follow the commandments! It may not be immediate, but you will recieve an answer. This I know, and share in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Right now, as I said, I'm serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Alaska. When we go on missions, we choose to leave behind our personal lives at home to serve the Lord for two years full-time. We serve in sets of two or three, called companionships. Our primary purpose is to invite others to come to Christ through faith, repentence, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, or in other words, to help people better follow His Gospel. As we're out, we try our best to be disciples of Jesus Christ, doing as he would have. We often do service as well as teaching, and love to help people out. I've grown to love the people I serve here, and I'm starting to have more of that pure love of Jesus Christ for those around me.